In the spirit of reflecting, I sat down and put to paper my hopes and wishes for 2018. I titled this “A Doctor’s Hopes for the New Year” but I have to say this is really a Venezuelan-American woman’s hopes for the New Year, which are of course shaped by the fact that I am a doctor- a pediatrician actually. Why the technicalities? Because these hopes, dreams, wishes, are very much mine. They’re very specific to who I am.
1. In this crazy profession I have chosen-where there’s always more to be done, the hours are long, and emotions run high- I hope exhaustion never kills my compassion for others. I hope to stay human.
2. I also pray exhaustion doesn’t kill my love for learning. I hope to stay curious.
3. I hope to continue to have good health and strength so my hands and my words can continue to heal and provide comfort.
4. Wherever life takes me this next year- and those of you close to me know it could be a number of different places- I hope to give to, and receive from this world with an open heart.
5. I hope to have the courage to live according to my beliefs, with my own values as my only moral compass.
6. I pray I continue to desire only things that are true, pure, and good.
7. I hope this country chooses to protect the children who live in constant fear of separation from their parents. I hope we find concrete ways to help them grow into strong, fearless adults who serve as models of tolerance and love in our society.
8. I pray the dreams of all the dreamers stay alive while this country finds a permanent solution for them all. Pursuing their dreams should have never turned into a fight. But it has, so dear God, give them strength and courage so they may keep on fighting.
9. I hope this world also helps the children of my beautiful Venezuela. I hope we help them find food, comfort, shelter, and medicines (the basics really) so they can go back to being children and have hopes and dreams of their own.
10. Lastly I hope we all learn to extend a helping, tolerant, and loving hand to each other. Help us find common ground so we can all move forward. Together.